New this week: “Day Shift” and “Five Days at Memorial”

Here’s a collection curated by the entertainment journalists at The Associated Press, covering what’s hitting TV, streaming services and music platforms this week.


— One of the best films of the year is finally streaming. “Belle”, Mamoru Hosoda’s tour de force anime of startling emotional depth, is now streaming on HBO Max and is dubbed in English. You may have missed it when it hit theaters in early January, but Belle is worth catching up on. In his eighth feature film, Hosoda, the Japanese Oscar-nominated director of “Mirai,” aims for perhaps his most ambitious film by combining a modern riff on “Beauty and the Beast” with a digital metaverse called “U.” It may be more story than Hosoda can neatly piece together, but “Belle” is deeply rooted in the life of its 17-year-old protagonist, Suzu (voiced by Kylie McNeill in the English version), a teenage boy grappling with guilt, virtual verse – real identity and self-expression. Reviewing Belle earlier this year, I wrote that Hosada’s films “can reach such breathtaking emotional heights, even in their most elaborate forms, that they seem to break away from anything animated is prepared for.”

— Each month, the Restoration Screening Room hosts free live screenings of restored classics from the Film Foundation, the non-profit organization founded by Martin Scorsese. On Monday at 7:00 p.m. EDT, the virtual theater, launched this spring, will present a gripping noir double feature of Arthur Ripley’s The Chase (1946) and Edgar G. Ulmer’s Detour (1945). Both take street encounters in delightfully dark directions that still feel unpredictable and fresh. The Restoration Screening Room platform also gives you the opportunity to watch alongside other viewers and try out a variety of special features – in this case including videos featuring Benicio Del Toro and director Guy Maddin, both fans of the films.

– In “Day Shift,” which premieres Friday, August 12 on Netflix, Jamie Foxx plays a blue-collar dad who cleans pools with a secret side act: hunting and killing vampires for money. Dave Franco and Snoop Dogg are co-stars. “Vampires live among us,” Foxx says in the trailer for Franco. “And all they are are murderers. It’s not ‘Eclipse, New Moon, Breaking Dawn Part 1’ – it’s not like that.”

— AP film writer Jake Coyle


— What do you get when you combine two of the coolest people in music? Something to check out. The Roots’ Black Thought and super-producer Danger Mouse have teamed up for the album Cheat Codes, featuring lead single ‘No Gold Teeth’ and the immortal lines: ‘Yo, I’m at the top where it’s lonely/I hat alle Made to mug meanly like Nick Nolte. Some of the collaborators include Run the Jewels, A$AP Rocky, Raekwon, Joey Bada$$, the late MF Doom and Michael Kiwanuka on the great Aquamarine. Danger Mouse and Black Thought had collaborated on the music in the early 2000s but put it on hold. They have revived their collaboration for the new album.

— Goo Goo Dolls fans will ignore the superstition when the band releases their 13th studio album, Chaos in Bloom. Frontman John Rzeznik is a first-time producer, and the band say it’s an album of “biting sarcasm, stadium-ready choruses” and “javelin-sharp songwriting.” Lead single “Yeah, I Like You” is a critique of celebrity online culture with the lyrics “You’re so conceited but you’re insecure/You’re always busy but you look so bored.” Rzeznik and bassist and songwriter Robby Takac say the album “delves into observations about our dystopian modernity while searching for optimism and pushing for a more empathetic world.” Another single is the stunning anthem “You Are the Answer”.

— AP Entertainment writer Mark Kennedy


— One of the joys of Peak TV is the space it creates for both familiar and welcome faces. Acorn TV’s “Darby and Joan,” starring Bryan Brown (“Cocktail,” “Breaker Morant”) and Greta Scacchi (“Emma,” “The Player”) is one such project. Brown’s Jack Darby is a retired Australian homicide detective who sets out with puppy Diesel to put the past behind them. Darby crosses paths with Scacchis Joan, a recently widowed English nurse, in the outback, and yes, the opposite attracts. There are also mysterious events to be investigated in the road trip drama, which debuts Monday and has two episodes streaming weekly through August 29 on the streaming service.

— One year after the US withdrawal, are the Taliban sticking to their promise to respect the rights of women in Afghanistan? A PBS “Frontline” investigation instead revealed a “harrowing” story. Correspondent Ramita Navai interviewed women lawyers who have been banned from practicing law and women in abusive marriages who have become increasingly desperate under Taliban rule. Afghanistan Undercover also contains evidence of young girls being kidnapped and forced into marriage. A Taliban official told Navai that allegations of the regime’s mistreatment of women were “baseless”. The film debuts on PBS stations Tuesday (check local listings for the time) and will stream at

– “Five Days at Memorial” dramatizes the agony that Hurricane Katrina ravaged at a New Orleans hospital in 2005, including the loss of life that led to criminal charges. Based on the book “Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital” by doctor and reporter Sheri Fink, the Apple TV+ series is created by John Ridley (“12 Years a Slave”) and Carlton Cuse (“Lost”) . , its producers, writers and, with Wendey Stanzler, directors. Vera Farmiga, Cornelius Smith Jr. and Cherry Jones are among the cast of the limited series, which debuts Friday, August 12 with three episodes, with a new episode appearing weekly through September 16.

— AP TV writer Lynn Elber


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